Samsung's Galaxy F could eventually be joined by a foldable tablet

Samsung's Galaxy F could eventually be joined by a foldable tablet
The fact Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone is certainly no secret – the company has already begun teasing the Galaxy F – but if a new patent is anything to go by, it seems the South Korean giant is also looking into foldable tablets.

The patent in question was filed back in April of 2018 in the US but wasn’t published until recently. It envisions a device that, when unfolded, can be used just like a traditional tablet. However, if a user wishes to use just one half of the tablet’s display, it can be folded in one direction, something that will turn off half of the panel and automatically switch the UI to a smartphone-like experience on the portion that is still active. Alternatively, folding it in the other direction will close it, thus protecting the display and allowing it to be placed easily into a user’s pocket

Due to the constraints that come with the foldable design, Samsung’s concept makes use of two bezel-like grips on either side of the display which house the panel’s necessary components. From the looks of things, these will be made out of aluminum, just like the rest of the body – the center of the rear panel will also include a hinge-like mechanism.

Considering foldable devices are still untested ideas, Samsung is expected to test the market’s reaction at first with the Galaxy F. But if the smartphone proves popular, the company could easily green light a foldable tablet launch too. In the meantime, Lenovo appears to be the front-runner when it comes to foldable tablets. After all, it recently confirmed that it will be releasing a 13-inch device that uses an LG display.

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7 Comments

1. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

A pocket sized laptop, with 2 screens and fits in a pocket. Using Qualcomm's new 8xxx series chips and bring a real GPU and have 1600x1200 resolution and I am game. Then I can load Windows 7 on it through a VM app and have the best of both worlds on the device. Yes! Do this. This could turn out to be a bonanza.

2. odachek

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Just pray hard that their so-called "polyimide transparent plastic film" looks premium and not a fingerprint magnet.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Not to be pessimistic, but I don’t see the reason for a foldable tablet if it’s 7”-8”. I can see fodable tablets with laptop functionality, for example 13”-15” fodable tablet with a built in keyboard. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Who cares about a fodable phone. I don’t want my 2002 Razr phone back...lol! Samsung you need to price these devices under $700 to even have a chance to move any units.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

- Standard 13.3 inch laptop screen with 16:10 aspect ratio is 28.65 cm x 17.9 cm, assuming it didn't have any bezels and fold perfectly, it will be 14.325 cm x 17.9 cm after folded, which is nowhere near "pocketable" - There is no Razr in 2002, the first Razr released on 2004 - Just because you don't want to pay over $700, doesn't mean everyone will do the same. lol

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I don’t need my XS Max fold nor a 7.2 Mate X. Who cares if it folds. Well great job researching the year as I just added the date 2002. I paid $1550 including taxes for my phone. Samsung owners will not pay over $1000 for a phone as they push more $300 phones than any phone with it their lineup. It’s a fact based on Samsung’s phone ASP. Samsung is feeling the heat of their Android counterparts. It’s quite impossible for them to sustain. Their Samsung Chip division is holding afloat their mobile division.

7. HKies

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

Fugly ugly goody goody i don't want this one

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